Anthony Joshua Vs Joseph Parker
International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight Title
World Boxing Association Super World Heavyweight Title
World Boxing Organisation World Heavyweight Title
Kevin Barry Joseph Parker’s trainer has his work cut out for him, after looking at the two at the weigh-in and the faceoffs AJ is much, much bigger. Parker has no known advantage, he is smaller has defensive liabilities he doesn’t have enough power to really get the attention and respect of AJ. He doesn’t have a speed advantage. Parker is a skilled fighter. A top 5 heavyweight, an undefeated prime heavyweight champion with big wins over Andy Ruiz Jr and Hughie Fury (in full disclosure 3DBoxing scored against Parker in both fights). That being said he is absolutely tailor-made for Anthony Joshua, not to say that Parker can’t have success against top heavyweights, but on the 45th anniversary of Ali/Norton we must keep in mind that styles make fights.
Parker has tremendous defensive liabilities and can be frustrated with a simple jab. Anthony Joshua doesn’t have a lightning quick jab but it’s a punishing shut gun jab that will stay in Parkers face throughout the night. A jab that will catch the attention of Parker in the first round that AJ follows up on with a body shot and rips his tremendous uppercut through the guard of Parker, flooring him briefly. Parker is able to get to his feet and finish out the round. Parker from that point on tries to move and avoid AJ, he does avoid AJ’s power but eats a lot of jabs. By the fifth round, Parker has lost every single round and is beginning to tire and eats a big right hand to the head that slows him down. AJ is able to get inside and lands another devastating uppercut that drops Parker for good this time halfway through the fifth round giving AJ his 21st knockout in 21 fights.
Official Prediction: Joshua via KO 5